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I love history. I was one class short of a history minor in college while I was pursuing my business degree in transportation and logistics. So, when I reflect on Women’s History Month, my first inclination is how few women are reflected in our history. I suppose that is the point of WHM – to shine a light on those women who have led the way. It makes me think of how fortunate I was to see women in significant leadership roles early in my life. They were few and far between, but I was lucky to see them.

One of my first encounters was being fortunate to have an internship during college, at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., while Elizabeth Dole was Secretary of Transportation. Later, she also served as the Secretary of Labor. She was the first woman to serve at a Cabinet level in two different positions, in two different administrations. There have been 36 women total to serve in Cabinet positions (including the current Biden administration) since the first, Frances Perkins in 1933.

I was lucky to see a woman leading the Department of Transportation at the beginning of my supply chain career. I have also been lucky to see the number of women leading supply chains around the world increase throughout my career. We have a long way to go to reach parity and equity for all “minorities” – for all aspects of diversity represented through diversity of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, thought, geography, etc. I invite other women to join me in intentionally addressing this issue.
CSCMP's membership options are evolving! We're excited to announce the launch of our new Basic Membership for only $179, an affordable membership option available at a significantly reduced price. CSCMP's Basic Membership provides access to a wide variety of member benefits, including preferred pricing at local roundtable events and access to CSCMP research and publications, such as the annual State of Logistics Report ™, and more.

At only $179 (a savings of $120 compared to Premier Membership), you’ll also get access to member-only resources, like webinars and the member directory, career resources, networking opportunities, mentorship, volunteer and leadership opportunities, and preferred pricing on SCPro™ Certification materials.

If you plan to attend CSCMP’s annual EDGE Conference, then Premier Membership will be the best option, as it will provide preferred pricing on the conference – Basic Membership does not include preferred pricing for EDGE.

Your professional network is more important than ever and the new Basic Membership offering provides you an affordable way to gain the support, inspiration, and advice that comes with being a part of CSCMP’s 9,000+ member community!

CSCMP Vice President of Marketing, Engagement and Education Nichole Mumford hosts guest Erin Van Zeeland, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Schneider – Accountable for the Logistics segment, who shares her thoughts on being a woman in the trucking, supply chain industry. Erin covers her supply chain and transportation journey, what she's learned from her mentors, and, offers advice for leaders and future female leaders. The conversation unfolds the importance of receiving feedback and touches on the pandemic's impact on Schneider, the supply chain, and Erin's vision for 2021. Enjoy the conversation!

Attracting and retaining quality labor is one of the biggest supply chain challenges companies face today. The question is "What can or should we consider doing differently?" This position paper reflects on a number of ideas that companies can employ to help with this challenge.
Thank you Rich Thompson, International Director of JLL for supplying this CSCMP Hot Topic.
A contract management tool provides the ability to store and manage a shippers pricing rates/tariffs. Having a tool that is integrated to a TMS gives ability to auto rate to ensure routing guide is followed that drives efficiency and reduced freight spend.
Thank you Dave Maddox, SVP Global Supply Chain Sales at nVision Global for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic.
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
  • Justin Sorto, Operations Manager, COFCO
  • Holly Selcer, Assistant Materials Manager, SL Tennessee
  • Evila Melgoza, Supply Chain Planning Leader, Schneider Electric
With the pandemic disrupting supply chains, industry professionals have an opportunity to create innovative solutions and rewrite the future supply chain landscape. You can be part of that future!  Want to learn how? 
In May 2021, National University is launching a new undergraduate degree with a Concentration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. NU is a CSCMP SCPro™ partner, as NU created their degree to be 100% aligned with the SCPro™ Level One content, and CSCMP offers all NU graduates discounts on the certification prep material and the exam. Courses start every month of the year. 
To help you earn your CSCMP certification, National University is also hosting its second 13-session SCPro™ Study Group for MBA alumni who earned their Specialization in Supply Chain Management.  These alumni are committed to proving their worth on-the-job with a CSCMP certification. You too can join this 12-month MBA in any month of the year. All classes are on-line in a fast-paced, 4-week format designed for working professionals. 
Supply Chain Innovation Award 2021 | March 17, 2021
Time is running out! Don’t miss your chance to have your team recognized for their forward-thinking innovations in supply chain.
If your team…
  • Invented, improved or implemented new supply chain technologies
  • Employed unique strategies for supply chain optimization, finance or risk management
  • Defied conventional thought when it comes to packaging, order fulfillment and sourcing
  • Broke barriers in robotics, AI or blockchain
…then tell your story as a competitor for the 2021 Supply Chain Innovation Award! But hurry – the call for submissions closes tomorrow, March 17 at 11pm CST! Submit Your SCIA Nomination Now!
CSCMP's 2021 Distinguished Service Award | Extended to March 31, 2021
Good news! You have more time to nominate a supply chain leader for a chance to win CSCMP’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award!
The DSA honors an outstanding individual who exemplifies significant, consistent, and career-long contributions to the development of the logistics and supply chain management disciplines. Recent recipients include 2020’s Matthew A. Waller, Ph.D., Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business and 2019’s Kathy Wengel, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer for Johnson & Johnson.
CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award is an honor which will highlight your nominee's career! Submit Your DSA Nomination Today! 
CSCMP's 2021 Academic Research Symposium (ARS) will be taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with CSCMP EDGE:
Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Eastern
NEW Saturday Teaching Workshop and Industry Panel Session:
Learn the best practices of case teaching in this new addition to the ARS program. Case study pedagogy is among the most effective ways to convey advanced supply chain thinking and practice to students. Become skilled in delivering more effective case-based education.
The case study workshop will be followed by an industry panel session, where the most pressing topics for today's supply chain professionals will be explored for industry-academic exchange and engagement. The Journal of Business Logistics editorial review board and "Meet the Academics" reception follow.
Click here to learn more about ARS submissions and submit your research!
Doctoral Symposium Nominations:
The Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium has been an annual event with CSCMP since 1990. The Bowersox Doctoral Symposium brings together current doctoral students from around the globe to meet and discuss current and future research as they pursue their doctoral degree in supply chain management or logistics. Students are nominated by supervising faculty and chosen by the Bowersox Doctoral Symposium co-chairs. The following criteria should be considered when nominating a symposium candidate.
All nominations must be made by faculty and are limited to doctoral students pursuing academic careers. Nominations from institutions around the world are encouraged to create a cohort of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Click here to complete a nomination. Submissions and nominations are open until June 1, 2021.
Master of Supply Chain Management – 100% Online
The Pennsylvania State University
Accelerate your career! Earn a Penn State Master of Supply Chain Management part-time and online at your preferred pace. This highly engaging program, ranked #1 in the country by Gartner Inc., delivers the expertise professionals need to manage a world-class supply chain. Study proven theory, industry best practices, and new technologies from anywhere in the world. GMAT waivers are available.
Explore your options.
CSCMP Featured Members
"I joined in April of 2019, as a way, to further prepare for my evolving role in Operations and get connected to a network of people who could teach me and walk me through that journey. I personally like the information that is compiled right at your fingertips on the "research" section of the website or delivered via email in articles or informative newsletters. I have not had a chance to attend a round table event yet but am very much looking forward to that as well. I think that, in itself, is a HUGE portion of the value this community brings."
"I became a new member in 2021 and look forward to engaging with thought leaders from a variety of organizations. Diversity of thought sparks ideation, and ideation drives growth. Utilize the broad network and resources available to you. The CSCMP podcasts are a great example. I just listened to Rick’s podcast with Dr. Zac Rogers and Dr. Dale Rogers (“Logistics Manager Index: Insights from 2020 and predictions for 2021”). It was worth the 32-minute investment—timely, relevant, and data-led."

project44 is the world’s leading advanced visibility platform for shippers and logistics service providers. Project44 connects, automates and provides visibility into key transportation processes to accelerate insights and shorten the time it takes to turn those insights into actions. Leveraging the power of the project44 cloud-based platform, organizations increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, improve shipping performance, and deliver an exceptional Amazon-like experience to their customers.
Watch the video to learn how project44 is connected to thousands of carriers worldwide and offers comprehensive coverage for all ELD and telematics devices on the market, while supporting all transportation modes.

Coyote recently hosted the Q2 Coyote Curve Truckload Market Forecast webinar covering a variety of topics, including a breakdown of where the truckload market is heading in Q2 and beyond in addition to whether spot and contract rates have already peaked for 2021. We also discussed our recently published research study on the current labor shortage in the market and how that is impacting truckload market cycles. You can watch the on-demand webinar here.

Watch the CSCMP Corporate Spotlight video to learn how Coyote empowers shippers and carriers to grow their businesses in the ways that make sense for them within a rapidly changing industry.

A recent article by CSCMP member and volunteer, John Haggerty, in the Logistics section of Food & Refrigerated Buyer Magazine reflects on some of the industry-specific silver linings found in 2020. In this Decade of Supply Chain, “more CEO’s are viewing the supply chain not as an expense to control but as a mission-critical strategic weapon worthy investment.”
Enjoy this op ed piece written by David Federico and DJ Laux of Liberty Advisor Group.
COVID-19 continues to impact companies across the world in new and unusual ways, unlike
anything else in modern history. Never before have companies had greater reliance on access
to global suppliers, customers and resources. While highly beneficial for the growth of the
global economy, this strength has quickly turned into a major risk due to COVID-19. Companies
are struggling to manage diverse and complex supply chains, with decreased access to data.
Additionally, consumer preferences have been turned upside down in many industries, as
customer purchasing habits have changed due to changing priorities and financial volatility.
One function that has been particularly challenged is the enterprise supply chain. Access to
necessary raw materials, consumer channels, and logistics has entered a stage of “new normal”
associated with operations during and post-COVID-19.
The ability to understand your product’s profitability is essential to adapting and overcoming
current supply chain challenges. It enables optimization of your SKU list from the perspective of
product profitability, demand management, raw materials, and inventory.
Enhance your team with a CSCMP Corporate Membership! Our customizable memberships offer education, access to supply chain research, networking and exposure to elite C-Level conversations via members only webinars, workshops, and the global CSCMP EDGE annual conference.
Connect with a CSCMP Account Manager today to build a custom package for your team. We look forward to hearing from you.

CSCMP is excited to share that we're working with Junior Achievement (JA), one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs. JA delivers cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The JA network of 470,000 volunteers serves more than 10 million students in more than 100 countries. Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, and CSCMP is pleased to provide CSCMP members with opportunities to get involved in this effort.
CSCMP members have the opportunity to become virtual volunteers to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in their local communities by helping them learn about the supply chain profession.
There are a variety of ways to engage:
  • “Beam-in” to an in-person classroom, or connect with a class through a remote platform for a minimum of one, 15-minute session from the comfort of your home or office.
  • Record a brief 5-minute video as a subject matter expert on a topic related to Junior Achievement content and/or discuss their supply chain management career.
Are you interested in participating in this new CSCMP member-only opportunity? Join the most powerful supply chain community today to participate in our volunteer opportunities and awards. Become a CSCMP member today!
Training and Development

Thursday, March 18 │ 11am CDT │ Register for the Webinar!
This C-level panel is leading today’s supply chain companies. Hear their stories as they share the challenges, insights, and advice that they learned along the way.
Gail Rutkowski, Executive Director, NASSTRAC

Register for March to the Top today!

Monday, March 29 │ 11am CDT │ Register for the Webinar!
This boots-on-the-ground panel features women currently working and advancing within the ranks and represents various management levels and career journeys. Tune in to hear their stories about the evolution of women managers, the obstacles they faced, and how they overcame them to achieve their success.
Gail Rutkowski, Executive Director, NASSTRAC

Register for On Our Way today!

Friday, March 26 | 11am CDT
The CBA, CSCMP, GS1 US, Accenture, Coyote Logistics, Vector, and dozens of shippers, carriers, 3PLs, and retailers are working together to create an open eBOL industry standard for contactless pickup and delivery. Learn why you should join the task force in this webinar. Register today!

According to the February 2021 reading of the Logistics Manager's Index Report® the logistics industry has continued to expand through the beginning of the year. The February LMI reads in at 71.4, up from January’s reading of 67.2. This is well above the all-time average of 62.7, and significantly above last February’s reading of 52.6.
Edge Conference
Join 120+ exhibitors showcasing the latest and most cutting-edge products, tech and systems equipment at the 2021 Supply Chain Exchange Exhibition during EDGE.
Become an official exhibitor today to position YOUR brand as a global innovator and leader in the end-to-end supply chain.  As a Supply Chain Exchange participant, you will:
  • Get to network live and in-person with top supply chain decision-makers from around the globe.
  • Display your innovative products to 3,000+ leaders spanning the end-to-end supply chain.
  • Establish your products and services as the solution for organizations’ pain points.
  • Reconnect with longtime customers and continue strengthening these relationships.
  • Forge new contacts and develop potential new business.
Don’t miss out on showing off your products and services to the right folks. 
CSCMP has secured a block of reduced-rate guest rooms for EDGE 2021 at the hotels listed below. All are within walking distance of the Georgia World Congress Center where the conference and exhibition will be held. 
  • Atlanta Marriott Marquis
  • Hyatt Regency Atlanta
  • Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
  • The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
  • The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
Be Aware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations
EventSphere is the Official Housing Company of EDGE 2021. Reserving your guest room through the EDGE 2021 official housing website ensures you will be working with a reputable company, that your credit card information is secure, and that you will benefit from all services provided to conference attendees. While other hotel resellers may call or email you offering hotel room accommodations, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with CSCMP or EDGE 2021. Be aware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly financial repercussions. For your safety, we suggest reserving your guest rooms through the EDGE 2021 guest room reservation website.
Please note: CSCMP is exposed to penalties if the contracted room block commitments are not met. This risks our ability to receive discounted rates for future events. By avoiding hotel penalties, we can keep show costs down. Thank you for reserving within our contracted hotels!
Join us in-person this September in Atlanta, Georgia, for CSCMP’s 2021 EDGE Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition. EDGE will be one of the first face-to-face opportunities where supply chain professionals can network, exchange ideas, and share best practices following this disruptive time for our industry. We are eager to reunite with our members and community at large!
Naylor Association Solutions
Rocky Mountain Roundtable: Advancement in Automation of Supply Chain Management
March 18, 2021 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MT | Denver, CO
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Chicago Roundtable: 2021 Monthly Virtual Networking
March 24, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CDT | Chicago, IL
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San Francisco Roundtable: Up Level Your Job/Talent Search
March 24, 2021 | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm PT | San Francisco, CA
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Columbus Roundtable: Emergency Supply Chains: Vaccines and PPE
March 25, 2021 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET | Columbus, OH
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Cleveland Roundtable: Celebrate Women’s History Month
March 25, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET | Cleveland, OH
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Western Michigan Roundtable: 18th Annual Midwest Supply Chain Management Virtual Conference
March 25, 2021 | 8:30 am – 1:45 pm ET | Grand Rapids, MI
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Puget Sound Roundtable: Air Cargo Today: Perspectives from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
March 31, 2021 | 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm PT | Seattle, WA
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